WASHINGTON - D.C. police are investigating what is being called a burglary and possible hate crime at a non-profit organization where the LGBTQ community can gather in the Petworth neighborhood.
Surveillance video recorded inside Casa Ruby in the 2800 block of Georgia Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday at around 1:45 p.m. captured a suspect in a blue or purple-colored hooded sweatshirt also wearing what appears to be a surgical mask pepper-spraying another person before leaving.
This recent incident comes after a transgender female worker was attacked inside Casa Ruby in March. A 20-year-old man was arrested after police say he walked into the center and had a verbal altercation with the employee. The suspect then assaulted the staff member and threw a brick at the glass door as he left the center, causing the door to shatter.
"People know that Casa Ruby is a place where people come to get support and help," said Ruby Corado, the founder of Casa Ruby. "If they wanted to just hurt someone, they will do it outside. If they had a thing with a client, they would have done that outside. So what concerns me is that there is a pattern of people wanting to terrorize people who are already vulnerable."
Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or texting a tip to police department's text tip line at 50411.